December 03 , 2007

The Heist


The spoken word, depending on the orator, can produce wide-ranging effects and emotions in a listener. Likewise, the written word, whether a story, an autobiography, an historical account, or even a fortune cookie, can also impress upon its reader innumerable feelings. This impact, the work's influence, is not only due to content but relies, sometimes subtly and other times overtly, on the arrangement of the subject matter and thus how the material is presented to you, its audience.

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    Poetry, therefore, can be said to have a visual aesthetic - how a poem "appears" on a 'page' to the reader can affect the apprehension and appreciation of that work's content. A written work's page-layout and line-breaks, meant to emphasize pacing, rhymes, alliteration, and/or emotions (between sentences and stanzas and chapters), can do, and mean, more than just the arbitrary display of text and subject matter - it can be intentionally designed by its author to affect the reader. In the same manner artwork can evoke a certain sense of place or of time or maturity, so too can an author's choice of words and sentence length.

    With this in mind, the unique settings available to you on your digital reading device (for font size and color, and such other controls that can alter the presentation of a 'page of text') presents a daring challenge to poets, and to publishers of poetry, in the digital age. The poems we publish, by working closely with the author, are presented digitally in a line-and-page manner that strives to preserve the author's intent, as best as is possible, through a variety of font, color, page, and device formats. Please realize that the enjoyment and appreciation of a written work, particularly a structured poem, can be changed simply by changing the settings of your reader.

     The Heist is a fun poem about one mans experience with theiving mosquitos and a watermelon. This poem has a rhyme scheme of a, b, c, b to each of its five "four-line" stanzas, with each stanza have the same 'b' rhyme-sound. Each line of every stanza is given its own page (as each non-rhyming line is approximately 17 syllables and each rhyming line is approximately 11 syllables, making for long lines in traditional print), and, each stanza is given its own chapter number.  For an optimal reading experience, I do request you set your device so that as many as is possible of the following letters appear on a single line.




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